Mr. James Burkhard is Vice President and head of oil market research for IHS Energy.
He is responsible for research on the global and regional crude oil and refined products markets. He leads the development and delivery of the IHS global scenarios that cover macroeconomics, geopolitics, and the energy and automotive industries. In addition, his team is responsible for the delivery of IHS Energy integrated products that service the financial industry. A key part of Mr. Burkhard's work is leading a global team of more than 40 researchers who analyze and assess upstream and downstream market conditions and changes in the oil and gas industry's competitive environment. The foundation for this work includes detailed short- and long-term outlooks for global crude oil and refined products markets that are integrated with outlooks for other energy sources, economic growth, geopolitics and security. Mr. Burkhard's expertise covers geopolitics, industry dynamics and global oil demand and supply trends. Previously, he led Dawn of a New Age: Global Energy Scenarios for Strategic Decision Making: The Energy Future to 2030, which encompassed the oil, gas and electricity sectors. He also directed the IHS Energy multiclient study, Potential versus Reality: West African Oil and Gas to 2020. He is the coauthor of the respected IHS World Oil Watch, which analyzes short- to medium-term developments in the oil market. In addition to leading IHS Energy oil research, Mr. Burkhard served on the US National Petroleum Council (NPC) committee that provided recommendations on US oil and gas policy to the US Secretary of Energy. He led the team that developed demand-oriented recommendations that were published in the 2007 NPC report, Facing the Hard Truths About Energy. Mr. Burkhard has also testified several times before US Congress on oil and energy issues. Before joining IHS, Mr. Burkhard was a member of the United States Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa. He directed infrastructure projects to improve water availability and credit facilities. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hamline University, Minnesota, US, and an Master of Science from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, US.